Sans-Souci Palace, Haiti - Reconstruction

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Jan van der Crabben
by Budget Direct
published on 14 May 2021
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Revolutionary general Henry Christophe declared himself king over northern Haiti in 1811. According to one perspective, "Henry I" was a tin-pot dictator who forced his fellow Haitians back into virtual slavery and plunged the nation into a 13-year civil war. According to another, he was a brilliant lawgiver who forged a colony of former slaves into a nation influential enough to force concessions from the great empires of Europe.

While Henry’s legacy is somewhat debatable, the beauty of his palace is not. Called the ‘Versailles of the Caribbean’, the palace’s majestic steps and terraces are an impressive monument to Haitian independence.

This reconstruction was commissioned by Budget Direct, a travel insurance company.

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Direct, B. (2021, May 14). Sans-Souci Palace, Haiti - Reconstruction. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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Direct, Budget. "Sans-Souci Palace, Haiti - Reconstruction." World History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 14, 2021.

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